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Winchester, 1822
Type: 4th rate ; Armament 52
Launched : 21 Jun 1822 ; Disposal date or year : 1921
BM: 1487 tons

1 Jan 1820 building or ordered to be built, with a circular stern.

9 Oct 1829 under repair in dock at Chatham, has been commissioned and is fitting for foreign service.

27 Jan 1830 arrived Portsmouth from Chatham and is preparing for service on the Jamaica and Halifax station.

4 Feb 1830 Mr. William Hugh Dobbie, Midshipman of H.M. ship "Winchester," was alongside H.M. ship " Galatea," in Portsmouth harbour, when one of the young gentlemen belonging to her, Alfred Roger, vol 1st class, fell overboard, who, from his inability to swim, together with the intensity of the cold, was in great danger of being drowned, when the said Mr. Dobbie plunged after, and supported him until they were picked up ; and was subsequently awarded an RHS certificate.

14 Feb 1830 departed Portsmouth for the West Indies.

Jul 1830 Jamaica Station.

Jan 10 1831 arrived Antigua from Bermuda.

Letters from Barbadoes to the middle of Feb 1831 state that a court-martial had been held on board the Shannon, Capt. B. Clement, by order of Vice-Admiral Colpoys, to try Commander Charles H. Williams, of his Majesty's ship Racehorse, 18, on charges preferred against him by supernumerary Commander William Oldrey, who was ordered a passage in the Racehorse, to join the Winchester, at Jamaica, for conduct towards Commander Oldrey, having a tendency to bring him into disrespect as an officer of his Majesty's navy. Several of the officers of the Racehorse were examined by the court, which, after sitting four days, adjudged Commander Williams to be fully acquitted.

21 Jan 1831 the Winchester, Champion, and Hyacinth, arrived at Barbadoes from Martinique.

5 Apr 1831 departed from Jamaica for Montego Bay.

15 Jun 1831 arrived Portsmouth from Jamaica and Bermuda, Capt. the Right Hon. Lord William Paget in command.

23 Jun 1831 in Portsmouth Harbour.

29 Jun 1831 an order has been issued to assemble a Court Martial, on board the Caledonia, at Spithead, to try Capt. the Right Hon. Lord William Paget, for having ordered Capt. Ayscough, late Commissioner at Bermuda, to be ex-cluded from the cabin allotted to him on board His Majesty's ship Winchester, by Vice-Admiral Colpoys, Commander-in- Chief on the Bermuda Station, and for disrespectful and unofficer-like behaviour, during the passage to England, in that ship. The C.M. was held on 29 Jun., but no evidence being produced by Capt. Ayscough, and the case not being proved, Capt. Paget's sword was returned along with the usual address.

23 Jul 1831 in Portsmouth Harbour.

4 Sep 1831 departed Portsmouth Barham, Winchester, Victor to cruise in the Channel, to try their respective rates of sailing, under the orders of Rear-Admiral Parker, who shifted his flag on the occasion to the Barham. They returned on the 7th. The Winchester anchored at St. Helen's; the remainder at Spithead.

9 Sep 1831 departed Portsmouth, for Halifax.

26 Oct 1831 departed from Halifax for Bermuda.

22 Dec 1831 departed Bermuda for Barbadoes.

5 Jan 1832 arrived Barbadoes, and joined the Pallas and Ranger at anchor. The officers have donated one pound each, and the men two days pay towards the fund created to assist the sufferers and repair the damage caused by the the recent hurricane here. Earlier reports of severe damage were stated not to have been exaggerated.

15 Jan 1832 due to depart Barbadoes for Jamaica.

30 Jan 1832 arrived at Jamaica from Aux Cayes.

2 Apr 1832 departed Bermuda for Barbadoes.

10 May 1832 at Port Royal, Jamaica, when the Champion departed for England. Was also shortly due to depart Port Royal for Havannah, Bermuda and ultimately Halifax.

18 May 1832 due to depart Port Royal for Havannah.

3 Jun 1832 arrived Bermuda.

10 Aug 1832 when the Conway departed Port Royal, Jamaica, it was reported that the Winchester, Columbine and Pallas were supposed to be at Bermuda, however the Blossom seemed to think things were a bit different......see the next report....

12 Aug 1832 when the Blossom departed Halifax she left the Winchester, Columbine, and schooner Monkey at Halifax ; the former due to sail to St. John's, N.B., with the 34th Regt., in a few days, which since she'd seen them makes her report more likely, plus tradition dictated the flag ship usually spent the summer at Halifax, and then, following the first real frost, would depart south for the West Indies leaving one of the squadron at Halifax.

7 Sep 1832 at Halifax, flying the flag of Adm. Colpys, with the Racehorse.

15 Sep 1832 at Halifax, Flag, with the Sapphire, Racehorse, and Monkey, where the Ariadne and Victor were supposedly expected, when the transport Orestes departed for Portsmouth, England.

4 Oct 1832 at Halifax, with the Sapphire and Victor.

21 Oct 1832 left Halifax for Bermuda, flag ship.

3 Nov 1832 left Bermuda for Jamaica with troops.

8 Jan 1833 at Jamaica.

21 Apr 1833 left Jamaica for England.

24 May 1833 arrived Spithead from Jamaica, having been in collision with Greilma, from New York, to Antwerp.

26 May 1833 left Spithead for Chatham.

12 Jun 1833 paid off.

8 Oct 1834 arrived Portsmouth from Chatham, for service in the East Indies.

18 Oct 1834 preparing at Portsmouth for a passage to the Cape and Bombay.

25 Oct 1834 departed Portsmouth for Madeira, the Cape of Good Hope, and East Indies.

25 Nov 1834 spoke with the Doncaster lat. 7 N, long. 20 ; the Winchester is bound for Bombay.

Dec 1834 reportedly at Bombay.

14 Mar 1835 in Bombay roads.

17 Mar 1835 remained at Bombay when the Melville departed for England.

4 Aug 1836 reported to be at Trincomalee.

11 Oct 1836 arrived Madras from Trincomalee.

23 Jun 1837 departed Madras for Negapatam and Bengal.

23 Jun 1839 at the Nore : is deficient about 90 men ; she was paid on Thursday, and was to sail yesterday for the Downs and Spithead, She will take to Portsmouth a detachment of marines to relieve the party now at Pembroke, whither we believe the Hydra will convey them.

1 Jul 1839 Mate James Hamilton (from the Excellent), and Thomas Woodman, appointed to the Winchester.

20 Jul 1839 Portsmouth The Avon steamer arrived on Friday, with supernumerary seamen from Sheerness for the Winchester and Curacoa, and proceeded the same day with part of the depot of the 11th Regiment to Plymouth.

20 Jul 1839 Assistant Surgeons W. Peacock, F. B. Pritchard, and N. J. Hoyden, appointed additional to the Winchester.

28 Jul 1839 departed from Spithead on Thursday for Halifax, (touching at Plymouth), to receive the flag of the Commander-in-Chief on that station.

17 Aug 1839 Lieutenant Edward R. Power appointed (additional) to the Winchester.

2 Nov 1839 Portsmouth The Inconstant is expected from Halifax, having been relieved by the Winchester.

23 Nov 1839 the Winchester, Cleopatra, Pilot, Serpent, and Buzzard were reported to be at Bermuda.

14 Dec 1839 Mate Kellett, of the Winchester, promoted to this rank of Lieutenant, vice Lieutenant Shambler, deceased.

14 Dec 1839 Lieutenant John Evans, of the Winchester, appointed to command the Spitfire steam-vessel, vice Shambler, deceased.

23 Nov 1839 Bermuda, is expected to remain here till January next, when she will proceed to Jamaica, returning about April, before going to Halifax [the usual winter routine.]

29 May 1840 Mate G. L. Bowyear, of the Winchester, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and appointed to the Racehorse, vice Fowell, drowned.

6 Jun 1840 Lieutenants W. P. Jamison and W. A. Fellowes, appointed to the Winchester.

14 Jun 1840 Halifax, arrived from Bermuda.

22 Aug 1840 Assistant Surgeon Dr. Robert Clarke, acting additional, from the Britannia, appointed to the Winchester.

15 Aug 1840 Halifax, due to sail shortly for Quebec.

1 Sep 1840 was seen going up the St. Laurence, to Quebec.

10 Oct 1840, Halifax, arrived from Quebec.

17 Oct 1840 Assistant-Surgeon Alexander Woodcock (additional) appointed to the Winchester.

31 Oct 1840, Mate F. L. Barnard, (1833,) of the Winchester, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant John Elliott, appointed to the Winchester.

16 Oct 1840 Halifax, departed for Bermuda and the West Indies.

5 Dec 1840 Commander W. W. P. Johnson (of the Winchester), promoted to be Acting Captain of the Crocodile, vice Alexander Milne, to the Cleopatra.

5 Dec 1840 Lieutenant Henry Harvey (of the Winchester), promoted to be Acting Commander of the Serpent, vice the Hon. R. Gore, invalided.

1 Jan 1841 at Bermuda.

8 Jan 1841 at Bermuda.

15 Feb 1841 at Barbadoes.

4 Mar 1841 at Jamaica.

20 Mar 1841 Assistant Surgeons T. P. Burke and Phillip Porter, appointed to the Winchester.

3 Apr 1841 Assistant-Surgeon Robert M'Crae, late of the Winchester, appointed to the Pilot (vice A. Lyon, deceased), and promoted to surgeon. Second Master ---- Raines (late Winchester), appointed to Cleopatra, (vice James Fowler to Winchester), and promoted to the rank of master. Clerk ----- Lewis (late Winchester), appointed to and promoted to be clerk-in-charge of Gleaner. Commander William W. P. Johnson (late Crocodile), appointed to Winchester, vice Milne, to Crocodile. Lieutenant John Lodwick, appointed to Winchester (late Dee), vice Glynn, invalided. Lieutenant Henry Wright, appointed to Dee (late Skipjack), vice Lodwig, appointed to Winchester. Master B. W. Robinson (late Winchester), appointed to Columbia, vice Thompson, deceased. Master James Fowler, appointed to Winchester (late Cleopatra), vice Robinson. appointed to Columbia.

4 Jun 1841 Chaplain S. Slight, appointed to Winchester.

4 Jun 1841 at Bermuda, preparing to sail for Halifax on the 18th of June.

15 Jun 1841 arrived Halifax with account of death of Adm. Sir Thomas Harvey.

31 Jul 1841 Assistant Surgeon J. D. Macdonald appointed to the Winchester.

7 Aug 1841 Mate C. Clavell (1836) late Winchester), promoted to Lieutenant

4 Sep 1841 Captain T. W. Carter, appointed to the Winchester ;

18 Aug 1841 at Halifax.

4 Sep 1841 Mate A. J. Burton (1838), of the Winchester, promoted to Lieutenant.

18 Oct 1841 at Halifax.

20 Nov 1841 Surgeon George A. Munro, of the Winchester, appointed to the Pique, vice Dr. King, Deputy-inspector, appointed to the Winchester.

25 Dec 1841 is under orders to return to England. Captain Charles Eden, appointed to the Winchester.

15 Jan 1842 is reported to be on her way home from the West Indies.

22 Jan 1842 on arrival from the West Indies she is to be paid off and re-commissioned as Flag Ship for the Cape and Coast Station.

22 Jan 1842 in preparation for the expected arrival of the Winchester from Bermuda, she is to be prepared for service as flag ship on the Cape [of Good Hope] and Coast [of Africa] Station.

22 Feb 1842 arrived Portsmouth, from Bermuda, in 16 days.

22 Feb 1842 came into harbour to be paid off and recommissioned.

4 Mar 1842 paid off at Portsmouth.

8 Mar 1842 commissioned at Portsmouth as Flag Ship for the Cape of Good Hope Station.

25 May 1842 R.-Adm Percy re-hoisted his flag.

2 Jun 1842 went of to Spithead in preparation for her passage shortly to the Cape circa 12th inst.

9 Jun 1842 departed Spithead for the Cape of Good Hope.

18 Jun 1842 called at Madeira en route for the Cape.

27 Jul 1842 arrived Rio de Janeiro flying the flag of R.-Adm. J. Percy.

5 Aug 1842 departed Rio for the Cape of Good Hope.

10 Sep 1842 at anchor in Simon's Bay when the Hyacinth departed for England.

12 Sep 1842 remained at the Cape of Good Hope when the Southampton departed for England.

28 Dec 1843 flag ship at Simon's Bay, R. Adm. J. Percy.

19 Mar 1844 detained by the barge of the Winchester in Lat. 13 0' S., long. 12 55' W., at Loash, a slave brigantine, Name Unknown, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, and sentenced to be condemned.

24 Aug 1844 was at anchor in Simon's Bay when the Cleopatra arrived from the Mozambique Channel.

7 Feb 1845 Simon's Bay.

3 May 1845 men from HMS Winchester being used to man Government chartered barque Pagoda, at present lying in Simon's Bay, for an expedition to the Antarctic.

19 Jan 1846 at Simon's Town.

1 Mar 1846 at Simon's Town. The President relieved the Winchester as Flag Ship.

Jan 1848 Portsmouth, in Ordinary (reserve).

20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth.

Oct 1852 Ships' boats of the Winchester, Hastings, Fox, and Sphinx, with vessels from the HEIC, proceed up the Irawadi - see p. 379 at

5 Apr 20 Dec 1852, ship's company involved in 2nd Burma War, and annexation of Pegu (now known as Bago, Myanmar), for which they were due prize money for capture of booty.

Feb 1853 disastrous operation against the robber band led by Nya Myat Toon - see p. 383 at

Circa 18 Aug 1854 a squadron under Sir James Stirling, consisting of the Winchester, Encounter, Styx, and Barracouta departed the mouth of the Yang tse Kiang for Japan.

7 Sep 1854 arrived Nagasaki.

4, 8, and 15 Oct 1854 visits by the Admiral and staff etc. to the Governor.

20 Oct 1854 departed Nagasaki.

25 Oct 1854 arrived Hongkong.

2-3 Nov 1854 ships' boats engaged in the Macao River in operations against pirates - see p. 388 at< ; see also book Voyage of the Barracouta.

13 Nov 1854 men from ships' boats carried a battery and destroyed junks in Coulan Bay - see p. 388 at

28 Sep 1855 the Winchester, Nankin, Spartan, Styx, and FNS Virginie arrived Nagasaki from the coast of Tartary, joining the Barracouta, Encounter, Hornet, Sybille and Pique.

16 Jul 1856 with the Flag Officer, Sir Michael Seymour, arrived Hakodadi, with sheep and bullocks for the squadron.

21 Jul 1856 departed Hakodadi, for Barracouta Bay.

31 Jul 1856 the squadron departed Barracouta Bay for Port Seymour, on the coast of Tartary, the Barracouta with the Winchester in tow : the locals brought salmon alongside for sale to the squadron, and the ships' companies caught several varieties of fish using hook and line.

2 Aug 1856 a fine breeze sprang up allowing the Winchester to be cast off.

3 Aug 1856 a dense fog came down causing the squadron to anchor. However, once the fog lifted it was discovered that they were only 20 miles from their destination, arriving shortly afterwards.

8 Aug 1856 departed Port Seymour for Victoria Bay, the Hamelin Straits, Port Dundas (11th).

12 Aug 1856 the admiral, Sir Michael Seymour, went on board Barracouta to steam to Port May, and Port Bruce (15th), where the Pique was at anchor, having arrived 2 days previously from Castries Bay. The Barracouta subsequently took the Winchester in tow, and steamed to Port Louis, in Napoleon Roads, where she was left at anchor whilst the Barracouta departed with Mr. May, Master of the Winchester, for Termination Island, to survey a part of the coast, returning 22 Aug.

24 Aug 1856 the Winchester, Barracouta, and Pique, departed Port Louis, for Chousan, Corea [Korea].

30 Aug 1856 arrived Chousan.

1 Sep 1856 departed Chousan for Nagasaki, arriving on 3rd inst., with the Winchester being towed by the Barracouta, which later went back to bring the Pique into the outer harbour. The Admiral then proceeded to demand access to the inner harbour, in accordance with Treaty, but the Japanese authorities, not appreciating that, unlike the earlier Commodore in charge of the British squadron, Admiral Seymour wasn't prepared to have his requests ignored, instructed the Barracouta to break through the line of junks positioned to prevent access to the inner harbour by HM Ships, sinking one of the junks in the process. The action, however, confirmed to the Japanese that they could no longer ignore measures to which they had agreed by Treaty, and announced that HM Ships would have full access as agreed. Similarly attempts to continue the past practice of procrastination by the Governor, in order to avoid meeting the visiting British admiral to discuss breaches of the Treaty were thwarted by Admiral Seymour giving due notice that he would be calling on the Governor the following day.

Oct 1856 Hong Kong arrived from the north. Ship's boats detached up the river to Canton, where, with other boats of the squadron, the various Chinese forts guarding the river were captured.

12 Nov 1856 Hongkong.

13 Dec 1856 departed from Hongkong for England.

1860 Chatham.

28 Aug 1861 Winchester renamed Conway. Training Ship at Liverpool.

28 Aug 1861 Conway renamed Winchester.

l July 1862 Winchester (late Conway) Commissioned as RNR Drill Ship for Service at Aberdeen.

1864 Winchester (late Conway). Home Station, RNR Drill Ship at Aberdeen. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.

1876 Conway (late Winchester) renamed Mount Edgcombe.

1879 Mount Edgcombe lent to the Committee of Devonport and Cornwall Industrial Training Ship, Devonport.

1890 Mount Edgcombe lent to the Committee of Devonport and Cornwall Industrial Training Ship, Devonport.

1914 Mount Edgcombe lent to the Committee of Devonport and Cornwall Industrial Training Ship, Devonport.